»CA Nisei College Diploma Project seeking Nikkei CCSF students
San Francisco – The California Nisei College Diploma Project is seeking to locate Japanese immigrant, or Nikkei students whose studies at the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) were halted due to the signing of Executive Order 9066. California Assembly Bill 37 (AB 37) calls for honorary degrees to be presented to these Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) who attended CCSF, formerly known as San Francisco Junior College.
AB 37 became law on October 11, 2009. The bill requires the California State University (CSU) and the California Community Colleges (CCC) to grant honorary degrees to all people of Japanese ancestry whose studies were interrupted due to their forced incarceration during World War II.
Anyone who knows of someone who is eligible to receive an honorary degree from CCSF or any Californian institution of higher learning is requested to contact Jeffrey Chu at (415) 567-5505 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
»SF Public Library to host Pinoy jazz event
San Francisco – The San Francisco Main Public Library along with SF Pinoy Jazz is holding Songs of Our Community: Poetry and Music, on September 11 from 2 to 4 pm at the Library’s Koret Auditorium. The event will feature poetry and jazz from Avotcja, Edwin Lozada, Elanor Hipol Luis, Oscar Penaranada, and the Little Brown Brother Quartet.
The SF Main Public Library is located at 100 Larkin Street (near Hyde Street) across from the Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco. For more information please visit www.sfpinoyjazzfest.com.
»VIZ Cinema to kick-off J-Pop Week
San Francisco – New People and VIZ Cinema announced a special session of the TokyoScope Talk Deluxe film lecture series featuring the films Bad Girls & Wild Women and Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion on September 13 at 6 pm.
For the pre-event reception at 6 pm, New People will offer J-Pop gift bags beverages from Shochu distiller Haamonii.
The screenings will kickoff J-Pop week, a five-day celebration of Japanese pop culture celebrating anime, fashion, and television from Japan. The week will culminate with the J-Pop Summit Festival on September 18 in Japantown.
VIZ Cinema is located at 1746 Post Street (at Webster Street) in San Francisco. To purchase tickets or to learn more about J-Pop Week, please visit www.J-pop.com.
»Japan increases textbook sizes to help decreasing education rank
Tokyo – The Japanese government is increasing efforts to make sure Japanese schoolchildren do not fall behind academically to rivals South Korea, Hong Kong, an Japan.
One of the moves is adding about 1,200 pages to elementary school textbooks, increasing the elementary school reading load from about 4,900 pages to over 6,100. Science and math textbooks will see the biggest additions, receiving 60% more parges than books published earlier in the decade.
Additional alterations include adding up to two additional hours of school each week, and English classes beginning in the fifth grade, instead of the current seventh grade.
The actions reflect a deeper anxiety as the country struggles to maintain its dominance in a world where its once second-ranked economy in the world has become stagnant and overtaken by China.
The changes will be realized when the new school year starts in April.